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Crazy Underground Waterslide

Not quite underground, but close enough. I’m not sure how this came up, but while scrolling through videos in bed last night looking for cool and interesting things to watch while falling asleep this video showed up.

Now, my searches have been Geodesic Dome, terrariums, gardening, wood working, and home building focused. I’m not 100% sure where this came from, but it was interesting. And my wife and I spent the 20 minutes watching it and being amazed at the way these two (though, I guess 3) individuals turned the jungle into something else.

How, we’re not quite sure. Why, even less sure. But 35 seconds into the video we were equal parts confused and impressed, and at that point, dedicated to the cause. It’s interesting, and cool, you should dedicate yourself to the 20 minutes watching these guys build an underground palace, because they can.

Imagine building something like this in America. Well, I’m sure that you could somewhere, or something close enough to it anyway. One day that will be me. And trust me, when that happens, this blog will be no more. Because why would I be blogging when I could be enjoying my underground natural waterslide house?

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Kinda DIY Underground Bunker

I say kinda because this guy had alot of help from people to manufacture, and get permits, and dig the hole and add a whole bunch of stuff to this basically, metal box

I will say that it has been significantly taken care of, because water, waste, air, and electricity is all taken into account.  However, it’s pretty basic, and more of a “man cave” instead of a bunker.  Yes, it’s underground, but, that is pretty much the last comparison to an apocalyptic bunker.  Sky1 funded the project as a large advertisement to a TV show they had.  It’s probably good that they did because the bunker is pretty well constructed.  But it goes against one of the major selling points of an underground bunker, no one is supposed to know it’s there.

Here’s a behind the scenes view of the construction:


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What is it with bunkers being all the rage on this site recently?  I mean I talked about how I was gonna power mine, and how I was gonna cool mine.  I didn’t discuss where I was gonna build mine, how I was gonna build it, and where I got inspiration for it from.

For security purposes, I cannot tell you where I am going to build mine, simply that it will be in the mountains somewhere.  How I plan to build it though will be pretty much the same way that this guy made his, by hand, and over long periods of time.

I will say, he has completed a dream of mine, digging out below his home/property and making his own bunker, complete with backup everything, and an air ventelation system.  Pumps for drinking/sewage, everything.  The only thing he did wrong/differently, was declaring it somewhere, so now he has to pay taxes on it.  I don’t think that was a smart idea, because now it’s public knowledge that you have a bunker, and when the world goes to hell, your place will be the first place everyone goes.  Better have some guns ready…

Now, a Swedish ISP has converted an old Nuclear bunker into it’s data center.  All of their servers are there, and their 15 main staff members have work space in the bunker.  The design of the bunker is reall something else, something from video games/sci-fi movies.

That suspended glass room with the people standing in it, that’s the conference room.  It’s floor has a map of The Moon on it.

That’s the view from inside the room, notice The Moon on the floor.  On the right there’s a view of the power equipment.  That photo just reminds me of something from GoldenEye.  The movie, and the game, The Silo level in particular, come on, anyone else see that?

Here’s a map of the entire complex.  Nice and spread out and stuff right?  Wanna know how much redundancy there is?  Enough to make me happy.

  • 3 separate individual fiber, and copper connections to the internet entering the complex at three different locations
  • 2 backup diesel generators originally meant for German Submarines
  • 1.5 MW of cooling for the servers
  • Simulated daylight to ease the 15 full time employees
  • And it can survive a hydrogen bomb explosion from close range on the surface

This is what my ideal bunker would be.  I just need a few million dollars, and a few years, and I’ll be all set to wait out the coming destruction of the human way of life as we know it.

Back to powering my bunker, well it looks like I will need $25-30 million if I want to get one of those Hyperion nuclear reactors, and I’ll have to wait till 2013.  The waiting doesn’t bother me, it’s the price, and the fact that they only last 5years.  What’s with that?  Oh well, I’ll deal with the time when it comes.

In other news, I’m taking donations for my bunker: Email, It’s not tax deductible, but it is nice!

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Cooling My Bunker

Heating and cooling my bunker has always been an issue.  I think I solved the heating process by using the excess heat from the nuclear reactor power source, but I have yet to solve the cooling issue.  That is, until now.  A Swedish company called SnowPower, has developed a system that collects winter snow and uses that to cool buildings in the summer.

It’s a pretty simple process that was used long ago and with the advent of technology, we seem to have forgotten how to use.  Because I plan to have my bunker located in the mountains, there will be abudent snow avaliable to me, so all I have to do is collect it, and set up some heat exchangers, shouldn’t be too hard, this is where my small engineering knowledge will come to help me.

This seems like a perfect way to cool the bunker.  I could even devise a way to use this to liquid cool my vast computer array.  Yes, this looks like a promising solution to one of the pressing problems of my bunker.


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My Bunker’s Power Source

I have long said I wanted to build a bunker to protect myself from the robots/dinosurs/aliens/nuclear winter/asteroid winter/black hole/end of the world.  My bunker is going to be awesome, and fortified, and wounderful.  For security purposes, I cannot list any of the required features it will have, except for power, it needs alot of it.  I have only recently been interested in the levels of power that I will be using, and in order to survive for any length of time over one day, I figure I’ll need at least 5MW, and probably closer to double that, which is alot.

Up until recently i was planing on using small wind turbines for my power gneration.  However there are a number of issues with those, particularly, if the surface is a warzone, tall towers in fields are easy targets.  The plus side though is that no matter what the future is, there is a strong chance for strong winds, which means constant power.

Solar was always out because of the threat of a nuclear/asteroid winter.  Hydro generation was an idea too, but not too easy to make, and I would need to be located next to a river, which isn’t cheap land.

Hyperion has solved my power issues.  With the help of Los Alamos National Labotary, they have developed a small, portable nuclear reactor capable of 25MWe for 5 years.  Now, the five year limit is kinda low considering there’s strong possibility of this needing to last lifetimes.  But I have faith, i could store this power in batteries (lots of them), or something, I dont know.

The nuclear reactor is small, and could be burried below my bunker.  Infact, it would be burried beneith my bunker.  I could even maybe use some of it for heat, i think, I’m not sure how the reactor is designed, but if I could kill 2 birds with one nuclear stone, that would be good.

The only downside to this is that now my bunker price has skyrocketed.  I was expecting to get it all done, by me personally for under $200,000.  This nuclear reactor brings in an outside source which I have no control over, and increases my fund by an unknown number because they don’t say how much it costs on their site.  Oh well, such is the price of progress.